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Album Review

The first volume of Steve Grossman's two trio sessions, Way out East, with bassist Joony Booth and drummer Joe Chambers, exhibits the strong influence of Sonny Rollins, though the aura of John Coltrane is also present in his playing. The big-toned tenor saxophonist excels in this setting. Grossman's aggressive take of the opener, "Bye Bye Blackbird," falters slightly in places with some unnecessary reed squeaks, but overall it is a fine effort. Better are the flawless takes of such perennial favorites as "On Green Dolphin Street," "I'll Remember April," "Star Eyes," and Miles Davis' "Four." Chambers' strong percussion drives Grossman's first-rate original "Taurus People." Recommended.


Born: 18 January 1951 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although he started out playing in fusion-oriented settings, Steve Grossman developed into an excellent hard bop tenor in the tradition of Sonny Rollins (although he developed his own sound). Grossman originally started on alto when he was eight, added soprano at 15, and tenor at 16. He started at the top as Wayne Shorter's replacement with Miles Davis, playing in his fusion group from late 1969 up to September 1970. Grossman was with Lonnie Liston Smith in 1971, spent a valuable period (1971-1973)...
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